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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Conservatives suffered a humiliating double defeat in two by-elections, losing to Labour and the Liberal Democrats.In Tiverton and Honiton, the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield.The contests were triggered by the resignation of disgraced Tories and offered voters the chance to give their verdict on the Prime Minister two weeks after 41 per cent of his own MPs voted to oust him in a no-confidence vote.Meanwhile, in a dramatic early-morning announcement, Oliver Dowden resigned as Conservative party chairman, saying Tory supporters were “distressed and disappointed by recent events”. What happened in the by-elections?In Tiverton and Honiton, a dramatic swing of almost 30 per cent from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord secure a majority of 6,144.The Liberal Democrats’ by-election winner Richard Foord and his wife Kate at the result of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election. (Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA)In Wakefield, Simon Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7 per cent from the Tories to Labour.Wakefield was one of the so-called “Red Wall” seats won by the Tories in the 2019 general election after being held by Labour since the 1930s.Why were they triggered? In Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish – the Tory MP who had more than 60% of the vote in 2019 – resigned after admitting he had watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons.The previous Wakefield MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, quit after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy – a crime for which he was jailed for 18 months.What did Boris Johnson say about the defeats? Mr Johnson, who is at a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Rwanda, suggested it would be “crazy” for him to quit if the party lost the two seats, and said mid-term by-elections were “never necessarily easy for any government”. He said: “It’s absolutely true we’ve had some tough by-election results. They’ve been, I think, a reflection of a lot of things, but we’ve got to recognise voters are going through a tough time at the moment. “I think as a Government, I’ve got to listen to what people are saying – in particular to the difficulties people are facing over the cost of living, which I think for most people is the number one issue. “We’ve got to recognise there is more we’ve got to do and we certainly will. We will keep going addressing the concerns of people until we get through this patch.
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See moreMy letter of resignation to the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/xd5MtM2o3n— Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) June 24, 2022
When is the next general election?The last general election took place on 12 December 2019.The maximum term of a Parliament is five years from the day on which it first met.Given that the current Parliament first met on Tuesday 17 December 2019, it will automatically dissolve on Tuesday, 17 December 2024, unless it has been dissolved sooner by the Queen.Polling day would take place 25 days later.The next general election is expected to take place in 2024, however, it could be called earlier.The government of the day can decide when to call a general election. According to parliament.uk, the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 “revived the power of the monarch to dissolve Parliament, at the request of the Prime Minister of the day”.Given that the monarch exercises this power at the request of the prime minister, this means the prime minister can choose when to call a general election.Under the 2022 Act, there is no statutory requirement for Parliamentary elections to take place on a Thursday. However, using Thursdays has become an election convention since 1935.A motion of no confidence could also trigger an election.
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